By: Christa Benson

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia is an eating disorder, in which people are afraid of gaining weight or being fat. It makes people believe that their body shape will affect the way people feel about themselves. People who suffer from anorexia will limit their food intake severely. Anorexia isn't all about food and weight though, it is also about emotions. Many people use anorexia to distract themselves from their problems and emotions. If you confront someone, they will most likely deny that they have an eating disorder. Anorexia can damage many organs in the body. The best steps to take to cure anorexia are to admit to your problem, talk to people, avoid things that trigger anorexia, and seek professional help.

Media Influences

Full House

In this episode of Full House, DJ struggles with an eating disorder. She gets invited to a friend's swimming birthday party, and she feels pressured to look good in a swim suit. She stops eating for many days because she thinks it will make her look thin. One day, when her family goes to the gym, she over works her body and collapses. She then has to confront her family about what is going on. Her family helps her to realize that if you want to lose weight, you don't have to starve yourself. She also realizes that her friends won't care about what she looks like in a swimsuit, they would just want her to be healthy.

This episode shows a small example of what an eating disorder is. DJ obviously wasn't anorexic, but if her family hadn't helped her out, it may have led to that. This episode is mostly giving viewers a lesson on healthy choices, and to not let bad choices lead to worse problems.
DJ's Eating Disorder

Make It or Break It

Make It or Break It is a show about teen gymnasts working their way up to the olympics. Kaylie, one of the gymnasts, starts to struggle with anorexia in the second season of the show. She is trying to become thinner and smaller in order to perform a specific move. She starts out by just exercising more than usual. It isn't long before she stops eating, and exercising too much. None of her friends notice, except one of the boys at her training gym. He notices some of the signs because his sister suffered from the disease. He tries to help Kaylie, but she keeps denying that she has a problem. Later, during one of her competitions, Kaylie collapses during her beam routine and is sent to the hospital. She is then sent to an eating disorder rehab center. She meets another girl there who helps her fake recovery. Kaylie and her friend get out of rehab, but they aren't really recovering. One night Kaylie finds out that her friend died of heart failure. This really puts a perspective on how Kaylie views anorexia.

This show gives a good representation of anorexia because it doesn't try to squeeze it into one episode. It actually shows how a teen would react to an eating disorder and the consequences of it.

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Kaylie and her friend in rehab.

Interpersonal Communication


Your parents are probably the most important people to talk to about an anorexia problem. If the disease is new, you may be able to treat it at home and only receive help from your parents. If it was me, I would want them to mainly help me with the emotional problems I am facing. If I could find a way to fix my emotional problems at home, my eating problems might become easier to deal with. I would want my parents to be understanding, and helpful. They would be the most comfortable people for me to talk to, and also the most trustworthy.


Even if my friends weren't anorexic, I think they would probably be the most relatable. They would be the second people I would confront if I needed help. Since we would be around the same age they would have the easiest time understanding what it could be like. They may have had similar experiences or have a good understanding of what anorexia is. Most likely if they were good friends, they would do whatever it takes to get me healthy. I would probably ask them to be supportive, and to help me at school. They would definitely have my back and not let anyone say anything bad about me.


If I had anorexia and it was getting serious, or out of control I would definitely go see a doctor. It may not be the most comfortable and easiest thing to do, but it would be the most effective. Doctors are very knowledgeable, so they would know the best thing for each patient. I would ask them about previous patients, how they dealt with it, and if they were able to overcome it. I would also want to talk about the best way for me to become healthy again, and what can I do to never get into a bad situation like this again.

Risk Factors


Some immediate risk factors from anorexia could be low self-esteem, bad habit making, and unhealthy relationships with family members. One of the main reasons people become anorexic is because of self-esteem problems, and it will continue to get worse as people live with anorexia. Some bad habits that can be made are exercising excessively at an unhealthy amount, and under eating. If someone has anorexia and they are having a hard time dealing with it or admitting with it they probably aren't being very honest with family members and friends. This will start to create unhealthy relationships that don't have trust.

Long Term

The main long term risk factor to anorexia is a damaged body. After time your muscles will weaken and your joints will become swollen. The organs in your body will become very small because of the lack of nutrients coming in the body. You could experience kidney problems and even failures. Your body will be very dehydrated and you may become constipated. All of these health problems are very dangerous for your body and are hard to fix after all of the damages done.
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Over the years there have been many advances regarding genetic and biological research. People have found better treatments, and therapies for people suffering with anorexia. For example, there have been many rehab centers built for people so they can over come the disease. This would also be a place where people could interact with others in the same situation, and help each other recover from the disease. Some doctors have researched and found the parts of the brain that are effected from anorexia. By studying the brain doctors can understand more of how anorexia starts, and what is going on in the brain. They think that in the future they may be able to treat this part of the brain to help prevent anorexia.